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    Author Morris Gleitzman to Visit Hong Kong

    by  • 05/03/2014 • Art & Culture, Books, Education, Events, Holocaust • 0 Comments

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    A few years ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing bestselling Australian  author Morris Gleitzman. While he is well known for his humourous children's books, it was the book Once that got my attention. Once is the incredibly moving fictional journey of a boy, named Felix, during the Holocaust. Once was followed by Then, Now and After

    I confess to not having read After yet but I highly recomend the series (and After is top on my reading list).  Morris G_Once

     If you are in Hong Kong, Gleitzman is leading a number of interactive sessions for children as part of the Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival 2014

    His books are yet another great way for Hong Kong students to be exposed to the lessons learned from the Holocaust.

    As for his festival appearance, on March 16- 17, it is a wonderful opportunity for students to be inspired and to learn to draw on their own personal experiences to begin writing. 

    (Photos courtesy of the Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival)



    The Power of Art – Holocaust Survivor Sara Atzmon’s Hong Kong Exhibition

    by  • 25/02/2014 • Education, Events, History, Holocaust, News • 0 Comments

    IMG_9726                 Hair, 1996

    An exhibition preview of Surviving Evil- The Pictorial Language of Sara Atzmon was held on 25 February 2014 at the University Museum and Art Gallery of The University of Hong Kong. The exhibition was a result of the incredible collaboration of the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Center (HKHTC), the Goethe-Institut Hongkong and the University of Hong Kong Museum and Art Gallery.

    IMG_9714                 Jeremy Amias, Chairman of the HKHTC openning address


    And while Sara Atzmon's art certainly spoke for itself, she was also present to deliver a moving and powerful address that detailed her journey from her childhood in Hungary, through the horrors of the Holocaust and then ultimately to Israel. Her speech was presented in Hebrew and later translated as she explained that the language of Hebrew must be heard outside of Israel also. 

    Atzmon explained in her speech and through her art that "the pain is constantly there" and she spoke of the difficulty of openning old wounds. Her work is a haunting reminder of the devestation suffered and a powerful call for rememberance.

    IMG_9718                 Sara Atzmon

    Consul General of the State of Israel in Hong Kong Sagi Karni, in his address, reminded that our culture is built on memory. He pointed to the irony of the openning of this exhibition in Hong Kong while hundreds of copies of Anne Frank's diary have been destroyed in Tokyo. This further speaks to the importance of such an exhibition in the Far East.

    IMG_9733                  Eyes in the Wire, 1990

    Surviving Evil – The Pictorial Languague of Sara Atzmon runs from February 26th through May 4th at the University Museum and Art Gallery on 90 Bonham Road from 9:30-18:00 on Mondays through Saturdays and from 13:00-18:00 on Sundays. 






    Do We Need Holocaust Education in Hong Kong?

    by  • 03/11/2013 • Holocaust, News • 2 Comments

    Though the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre’s exhibition (http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-a-hong-kong-walkway-a-very-public-holocaust-exhibit/), Oasis of Survival and Hope, continues to educate thousands in Central, Hong Kong, a visit to Madame Tussauds, on The Peak, presented an unexpected and very harsh contrast. While skipping around snapping pictures, my 11-year old daughter and her friend literally froze when they approached the...

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    An Oasis of Survival and Hope (Hong Kong Holocaust & Tolerance Centre exhibition)

    by  • 19/10/2013 • Communities, Education, Events, History, Holocaust, News • 0 Comments


    This exhibition, featuring artwork by the Children of the Terezin Camp, also showcases artwork produced by pupils from Hong Kong schools as well as information panels about different aspects of the Holocaust and other genocides. It is a useful learning tool for all children learning about World War II, but it is much more than that. It is an important segway into discussions on racism and tolerance generally.


    IMG_7818Each individual piece of work created by Hong Kong students demonstrates an unparalleled sense of empathy and understanding of the meaning of the Holocaust. 



    The three dimensional artwork was particularly impactful. 






    The exhibition will run from October 15-November 15, 2013 in the Central Market Walkway (between Queen’s Road Central and Des Voeux Road).

    The fact that an exhibition of this importance has been given a location so central in Hong Kong is a tremendous statement as to the character of the people of Hong Kong.

    For more information, see the article in The Times of Israelhttp://www.timesofisrael.com/in-a-hong-kong-walkway-a-very-public-holocaust-exhibit/

    A Walk through Historic Jewish Shanghai

    by  • 20/05/2013 • Communities, Events, History, Holocaust, The World • 3 Comments

    Former JDC Headquarters, Hongkou Ghetto                    Site of the former JDC headquarters, Hongkou Ghetto

    Shanghai's Huoshan Park Memorial to the Jewish Refugees

    Though Judaism isn’t even one of China’s recognized religions, there is a growing contemporary expat community in China that exists not far from extraordinary sites steeped in Jewish history. 

    The story of the Jews in Shanghai begins around the 1840s with the arrival of the city’s first Baghdadi Jewish population. This group was followed by the arrival of Russian Jews, but the story of Shanghai’s Jewish past would have perhaps remained but a footnote had it not been for the remarkable story of the Jewish Holocaust refugees in Shanghai. The city took in and sheltered nearly 17,000 Jewish refugees escaping the Holocaust. Their story in Shanghai is one of struggle and survival but also a story of a people who continued to live and thrive despite major obstacles and serious deprivations.

    Former Ohel Moshe Synagogue                                                          Former Ohel Moshe Synagogue

    Whereas Shanghai past once boasted 6 synagogues, today, but only two still stand. Neither is in use for its intended purposes. The former Ohel Rachel Synagogue, built in 1917, is now part of the Chinese Education Ministry. Ohel Moshe, built in 1927, now houses the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum in the Hongkou District, once home to the Jewish Holocaust refugees.

    IMG_7297                    Former Ohel Rachel Synagogue


    Other sites of Jewish historic importance include: the Kadoorie family’s former home Marble Hall, now the Shanghai Children’s Palace, the Peace Hotel, formerly owned by Sir Victor Sassoon, and the Shanghai Jewish Club, now part of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. 


                                                                              Former Shanghai Jewish Club


    Little Vienna                    Cafe Atlantic & Horn's signs from area once known as "Little Vienna"

    A Glimpse of Jewish Budapest

    by  • 13/05/2013 • Communities, History, Holocaust, The World • 0 Comments


    Before I fully mentally unpack from my trip to Budapest for the 14th Plenary Assembly of the World Jewish Congress, I wanted to share a quick glimpse of Jewish Budapest. 

    The Holocaust Memorial (Emanuel Tree), Raoul Wallenberg Park 



    Dohany Street Synagogue 
















    Childhood Home of United States Congressman & Holocaust Survivor Tom Lantos (1928-2008)










    Hungarian Jewish Museum 



                       Jewish Cemetery Gates near the town of Szentendre


    Shoes on the Danube

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